The Orion

Getting money’s worth at grocery store

Matt Murphy

February 24, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

One of a college student's largest expenses is at the grocery store. Everyone in college is strapped for cash, but that doesn't mean that a student's shopping cart has to be full of ramen noodles. I hear a lot of people complain about not having money to get groceries, and I think it's because not everyone...

There is more to hipsters than haircuts

Matt Murphy

February 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everyone has heard the word hipster. Most people have used it at some point, referring to someone they thought fit the part. It's been used to describe me and it drives me absolutely, up-the-wall crazy. Why? Because the shoe doesn't fit. To be a hipster is to be a part of a subculture. Hipsters shun ...

Chico’s reputation as a violent campus

Matt Murphy

February 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Over the last few years, Chico State has begun to accumulate a reputation as a violent place to live. Each semester there are assaults, thefts, even an attempted kidnapping just last week. But is Chico really that much more dangerous than any other college town? Chico is a smaller metropolitan...

Smartphone users represent new face of addiction

Matt Murphy

February 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Nothing that makes up society is static. As society progresses and new technology becomes available, people have become dependent on a device that didn’t even exist 10 years ago — the smartphone. Changes are always happening. Even the definitions of words are fluid and always morphing....

Social media has changed the way we meet people

Matt Murphy

February 10, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I see someone in public and recognize them, yet have we've never met. After remembering that we're Facebook friends, I realize that I already know their birthday, interests and have seen pictures of various significant events in their lives.This is what social media has done to social interaction. It ...

Climbing costs keep students from exploring courses

Climbing costs keep students from exploring courses

Matt Murphy

February 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever had to pass up a class outside of your major that seemed interesting because of high tuition costs? I have faced this dilemma many times before. I came to college with a plan. I fell in love with writing my junior year of high school and knew I wanted to study journalism in coll...

How to enjoy the Superbowl without your team

Matt Murphy

February 1, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

On the eve of the biggest sporting event in the country, it's likely that you may be waking up knowing your favorite team isn't playing. I am also a passenger on this boat as my beloved 49ers came up short two weeks ago. Here's how you can still enjoy Superbowl Sunday. 1. Pick a side: Yes, I'm a lit...

Here’s to 70 degrees in January

Matt Murphy

January 27, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

It's the end of January and I wore shorts yesterday. It's warm outside.I can't tell you why and I certainly can't tell you how, but now we all have to deal with it. Like any difficult situation though, there are upsides and downsides. Let's go through a couple shall we?Upsides:1. It feels like spring...

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